Are you looking for easy, inexpensive training treats you can make for your dog without turning on the oven? We’ve got a super easy recipe to share for hot dog training treats for your dog–made using your microwave!
This treat is great as a training treat; once cooked, the treats shrivel up to about the size of a dime, are dry, and have the consistence of jerky. And, best of all, you can make them in the microwave!
All you need for this recipe is a package of hot dogs.
Actually I bought two package of hot dogs: one package of turkey hot dogs and one package of all-beef hot dogs. Be sure you check the ingredients list to avoid any hot dogs containing onion powder.
Can dogs eat hot dogs?
Hot dogs–while not balanced as a meal–make an easy and popular training treat that you’ll feed in small portions.
As if you were buying them for yourself to eat, purchase the best hot dogs you can afford–organic, if available.
Look for hot dogs without nitrates, nitrites and artificial colors, if at all possible. (Remember: when you find hot dogs on sale, you can buy them up and put them in the freezer until you need them.)
How to prepare the hot dog training treats
Cut the hot dogs into about 1/4-inch pieces. (Line up the hot dogs side-by-side and cut three or four at a time to speed things up.)
Put the hot dog medallions on about six layers of paper towels. I prefer white paper towels with no designs.
Next, pop everything (including those paper towels) in the microwave. (I cooked mine in two batches.)
Set the microwave for five minutes.
At the end of five minutes, you should see plenty of grease on the paper towels; take another paper towel and dab off all grease on top of the hot dogs.
I flipped the hot dogs over (just move the paper towel around a little and they’ll roll around) then returned them to the microwave for another three minutes, checked them again, then microwaved them an additional two minutes.
NOTE: Microwave times will vary depending on your microwave. When some darken around the edges, they’re done.
Here’s how they’ll look when they’re done and right out of the microwave:
After they cool completely, they’ll shrivel up (especially the turkey hot dogs which are drier).
Whether you include them in a picnic with your dog or use them as everyday training treats, your dog will definitely celebrate these treats!
I put a handful of treats in my dog walking bag then refrigerate the remainder for up to four days. If you make more than you’ll use in four days, you can freeze these!
- 1 package hot dogs (turkey or beef, preferably organic)
- Cut hot dogs into small slices about 1/4 inch thick.
- If you choose, divide each slice into two or four pieces for training purposes.
- Place hot dog slices on a stack of six paper towels.
- Cover with a paper towel.
- Microwave for five minutes.
- Uncover and stir hot dog slices to make sure they are cooking evenly.
- Microwave an additional three minutes.
- Remove from microwave. Blot all excess oil.
- Cool completely before serving.
- Refrigerate for up to four days or freeze.
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